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September 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 8
August 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
The Southeast Texas economy posted moderate improvement in August 2020 as the unemployment rate dropped to 10.3 percent for the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA (metropolitan statistical area), down 1.7 percent from July's rate of 12.0.

August data, as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), indicated job growth in several sectors in the local economic including Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, Leisure and Hospitality, and Other Services. Subsectors Retail Trade and General Merchandising Stores added 400 jobs and Government sector (local, state and federal) added 500 jobs in August. However, there was a decrease of 800 jobs in Manufacturing and Mining, Logging and Construction sectors. Job growth remained steady in the Education and Health Services sector in Southeast Texas.

"We are adjusting to our 'new normal' due to the pandemic and offering virtual services to assist local businesses with hiring needs connect to individuals seeking jobs", stated Marilyn Smith. "Our economy is steadily improving and we look forward to assisting job seekers as they move towards re-employment in the coming months."

Texas, overall, posted a lower unemployment rate in August, 6.8 percent (seasonally adjusted), the lowest rate since the initial impact of COVID-19 in March 2020, according to the TWC press release.

Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at https://setworks.org/labor-market-information/ .

August Unemployment Figures*

Go to the Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI), site and get access to reliable and informative data regarding careers, educational training options and jobs.

Area

Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur
Aug
2020

7.0%
10.3%
10.3%

8.2%
11.1%
9.6%
10.0%

10.5%
14.3%
Jul
2020

8.3%
12.0%
12.1%

9.8%
12.8%
11.3%
11.8%

12.2%
16.4%
Aug
2019

3.7%
6.1%
6.1%

4.9%
6.5%
5.7%
6.9%

5.8%
9.0%


*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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